The new Christians United for Israel (CUFI) ad on Hamas. Credit: CUFI.
(JNS.org) Christians United For Israel (CUFI), which at 1.75 million members calls itself the largest pro-Israel organization in the U.S., has launched an advertising campaign seeking to set the record straight to the American public on Israel’s struggle against the terrorist group Hamas.
The full-page ad, which includes portions of Hamas’s covenant that calls on Muslims to fight Jews and “obliterate” Israel, ran Thursday in major American newspapers—including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times—and is scheduled to run in several other dailies on Friday.
“We decided to go provide a brief ‘Hamas 101′ and tell people the truth about the terrorists Israel is fighting,” David Brog, executive director of CUFI, told JNS.org. “Simply put, those who supported our troops when they battled Al-Qaeda should support Israel’s troops as they battle the Palestinian equivalent of Al-Qaeda, Hamas.”
The ad also encourages readers to email U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and call on him to stand with Israel in its battle with Hamas.
Kerry, who was in the Middle East last week in an attempt to broker a cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas, came under criticism for his purported willingness to accede to some of Hamas’s demands, which would serve to alienate not only Israel but also traditional Arab allies of the U.S. like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan.
The ad campaign follows CUFI’s 9th annual summit in Washington, DC, where nearly 5,000 supporters converged on the nation’s capital to hear speeches from pro-Israel experts and political leaders, and to lobby Congress to stand with Israel.